Friday, 17 February 2017

Win Prizes AND Get Fit! (YB)

 I've just come across a fab new app that's perfect for us compers!



And maybe an even bigger bonus if you're a fan of the Pokemon Go and fitness!

Snatch is a fab app I've just come across that let's you walk around whenever you're out & about (or you could go out just to do this!) and collect virtual parcels.

You have to try and keep hold of your parcels for 6 hours - if you manage to keep hold of them without another nearby member snatching it off you, then you get to open it - the boxes contain prizes - anything from the in-game coins which help you get & keep hold of parcels to things like flights, cash, games consoles and more!made

It's a similar idea to Pokemon Go, except instead of catching virtual made up pet-like creatures, you're getting parcels which might contain amazing prizes!

Not to forget the potential health benefits... An excuse to get you out of the house and on the move - you'll be getting fit as you walk around finding parcels and trying to snatch other peoples parcels!

You can buy coins in games that give you benefits - you can use them to snatch other peoples parcels,  you can use them to defend your own parcels from being snatched, you can make yourself invisible from people trying to snatch parcels and so on and so forth...

If you like the sound of it and want to give it a go, why not download the app on your phone and please use my referral code (CTM1XW) as then I will get some free coins to use in game.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Marriage Is NOT An Outdated Institution (YB)

I recently heard someone say that marriage is an "outdated institution" and that inspired me to write a blog post...

I have been married for 17 years. I got married when I was 17 years old (and Paul was 19) and we've been together ever since. Not because of the unwritten rules of marriage being for life, but instead because we love each other very much.



I'm pretty sure people thought it wouldn't last. They were wrong...

I think in this day & age, people don't take marriage seriously though. Most people see marriage as a reason to dress up like a princess and spend insane amounts of money on the big day - each seemingly trying to outdo someone or everyone by having a more expensive dress, a bigger party, more vintage wedding cars or whatever and that's just not what marriage is about.

I've heard that a lot of people who get married in such a way, end up arguing lots about the money troubles they find themselves in from the cost of the wedding and it ends in divorce - wow, that seems worth it.

If you're happy and in love, you should marry that person because you love them and you want to show commitment to them. And that should be your only motivation.

It most definitely shouldn't be about other people - of course you want the people you care about to be there and share your special day with you, but haven't you gone a bit far when you're inviting your neighbours or friends of friends' friends?!

Our wedding was a simple, unflashy affair in a registry office on Valentine's Day in 2000. A small group of people who were important to us attended. We had a small (buy your own drinks) after party in an hired room in our local pub. We didn't have enough money for a honeymoon, but you know what? It didn't matter.

In hindsight, I guess at least a night away would have been nice, but we had each other, we had committed to each other, and at the end of the day, that was all that mattered.

If back then I entered competitions like I do know, I would have loved to win a "white wedding" - but only because it would be paid for and it's traditional - but neither of us would have ever wanted the expense and worry of a great big unnecessary affair of a wedding.

I would renew our vows "white wedding" style, but again only if I won it or we won the lottery and could afford it with ease (i.e. no borrowing). And the main reason I would like to do that, is simply so that our boys could be there and we could have some lovely family photo's to treasure. We didn't have children when we got married, but now that we do, it would be amazing to renew our vows with them at our sides.

I wish more people would respect marriage for what it is instead of turning it into some fairytale affair.

And don't even get me started on celebrities and rich people... If you need to have a pre-nuptial agreement, you shouldn't be getting married. Marriage is about commitment - if you have a pre-nuptial agreement, from the offset that means you're not sure it's going to last, and if that's the case, why get married? Why not just wait and see how it goes and only get married when you're SURE it's going to last and there's no need for the pre-nuptials?!